Ryland Barton

Kentucky Public Radio State Capitol Reporter

Ryland is the state capitol reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. Always looking to put a face to big issues, Ryland's reporting has taken him to drought-weary towns in West Texas and relocated communities in rural China. He's covered breaking news like the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood Army Base and the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. 

Ryland has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

Kentucky LRC

  A former Kentucky legislative staffer alleges House Majority Whip Johnny Bell fired her because she’d filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against another legislator.

Office of KY Secretary of State

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she will run for re-election in 2015.

Many had speculated that Grimes would run for attorney general, lieutenant governor or governor this year. On Friday, she announced she would run for a statewide office, but did not say which one.


Republican James Comer has officially filed to run for Kentucky governor. The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with his running mate, state Senator Chris McDaniel of northern Kentucky.

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Elaine Chao has resigned from the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies as the foundation revs up its commitment to its clean energy initiative.  Chao was Secretary of Labor in President George W. Bush’s cabinet and is also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.